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[25 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]

ISLAMABAD, Dec 25: The banking sector of the country was not capable of financing the Iran-Pakistan gas pipeline but the State Bank could raise funds for the project by launching bonds, Adnan Adil Hussain, senior vice-president for consumer and retail banking at the National Bank, said on Tuesday.
Talking to reporters, he said his bank entered such ventures only on the basis of commercial viability. “We are already in a consortium to finance the Neelum-Jhelum power project.
“However, entering the IP pipeline project is possible if the central bank gives guidelines,” he …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[22 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]

‘Don’t give provincial status to GB’ Mirwaiz tells Pakistan
ISLAMABAD  – APHC Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday urged Pakistan not to give provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) as such a move would pave way for India to make Ladakh one of its provinces.
“When we talk about Kashmir we talk of 1947 Jammu and Kashmir. Our movement is indigenous and Kashmiris have sacrificed a lot during last 20 years. We urge Pakistan not to give provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) as such a move would pave way for India to make Ladakh …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[22 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]

‘Don’t give provincial status to GB’ Mirwaiz tells Pakistan
ISLAMABAD  – APHC Chairman Mirwaiz Umar Farooq Friday urged Pakistan not to give provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) as such a move would pave way for India to make Ladakh one of its provinces.
“When we talk about Kashmir we talk of 1947 Jammu and Kashmir. Our movement is indigenous and Kashmiris have sacrificed a lot during last 20 years. We urge Pakistan not to give provincial status to Gilgit-Baltistan (GB) as such a move would pave way for India to make Ladakh …

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[22 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]

QUETTA: Eleven illegal immigrants were reportedly killed on Friday in a firing incident in Pothan area, near Pakistan-Iran border and some 80 kilometres northwest of Gwadar.
Balochistan Home Secretary told Dawn that special teams had been dispatched for confirmation of the incident.
Reports suggested that the illegal immigrants included Tajiks, Uzbeks and Pakistanis, and they wanted to cross the border through illegal channels when they were fired upon by unknown persons.
Earlier this year, 11 such immigrants were killed by unknown armed men while they wanted to cross the Iranian border through illegal …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[21 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]

Mirwaiz`s concerns: edit in Dawn, Dec 21
LOOKING at it from the Kashmiri point of view, Mirwaiz Umar Farooq`s concerns can be understood. Speaking at a seminar in Rawalpindi on Wednesday, the chief of the All Parties Hurriyat Conference couldn`t help saying that, after 2008, Pakistan was not playing the role expected of it.
Similar sentiments were voiced by another APHC leader, Abdul Ghani Bhat, who felt that, instead of prioritising other bilateral matters, the Kashmir issue should be resolved first.
The impediments arose after the Mumbai tragedy that saw India freeze all …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[18 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]

Neelum Jhelum project: Funding up to $1b from China, UAE in jeopardy
By Shahbaz Rana   in The Express Tribune, Dec 18
ISLAMABAD: China and Abu Dhabi have stopped processing roughly $1 billion worth of funding – including some approved and some yet to be approved loans – for the Neelum Jhelum hydropower project following decisions made by the Pakistan government which hit interests that the UAE and China had stakes in.
China was apparently annoyed by Pakistan’s cancellation of a controversial Safe City project and the UAE and Pakistan are locked in a …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[17 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]

Passengers block KKH in Mansehra
MANSEHRA, Dec 16: A convoy of 30 vehicles was allowed to proceed to Gilgit-Baltistan after angry passengers blocked Karakoram Highway in protest against stopping of vehicles for days here in Mansehra on Sunday.
“We have spent whatever money we had, as the district administration in Mansehra is stopping us from proceeding en route Karakoram Highway to Gilgit-Baltistan since December 12,” said Fazalur Raheem while speaking at the protest gathering.
The protesters blocked the KKH at Butt Bridge here and raised slogans against the Gilgit-Baltistan government and Chief Minister …

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[16 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]

Indian Kashmiri separatist demands opening of border
MUZAFFARABAD: A separatist leader from Indian administered Kashmir urged rivals India and Pakistan Sunday fully to open the border in the disputed Himalayan region to let the peace process move forward.
Mirwaiz Umar Farooq said the current limited opening of the Line of Control, the de facto frontier in Kashmir, was not enough.
Farooq, a leader of the moderate Hurriyat Conference, is leading a seven-member delegation to Pakistan following an invitation from Islamabad.
He arrived in Muzaffarabad, the capital of Pakistani administered Kashmir, on Sunday for a …

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[15 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]

Hurriyat leaders on Islamabad swing from Dec 15
ISLAMABAD: A delegation of Kashmiri leaders from across the Line of Control (LoC) will visit Pakistan later this week for the first time in four years, indicating a gradual improvement in ties between Islamabad and New Delhi.
According to a foreign ministry statement issued Monday, leaders from Indian-held Kashmir will be embarking on a week-long trip to Pakistan from December 15.
Even though the statement did not provide names of the visiting leaders, the delegation is said to include leader of the All Parties Hurriyat …

Gilgit -Baltistan »

[14 Dec 2012 | No Comment | ]

Section 144 imposed in Gilgit: By Shabbir Mir in The Express Tribune, Dec 14
GILGIT: The people of Gilgit were once again confined to their homes on Thursday when Section 144, which bars the assembly of five or more people in one place, was imposed in the city.
The restriction was put in place following a sectarian clash between two student groups on Wednesday that left two dead and seven others injured. Locals faced a similar, but more severe predicament when a curfew was imposed and cellular services were banned in April …